Pearce has started to heat back up over the last four games, going 7 for 18 with four doubles and two home runs. He hadn't managed a multi-hit performance since July 19 before his current stretch. Pearce owns a .289/.353/.520 line with 13 home runs and 34 RBI in 256 at-bats.
Regular closer Joaquin Benoit is dealing with a shoulder issue, opening the door for Quackenbush to enter the game in a save opportunity. He owns a 2.29 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 37:13 K:BB ratio in 39 1/3 innings.
Stults (6-13) moved to 3-0 over his last four starts, and he's only allowed four earned runs in 24 2/3 innings during that stretch. Wednesday's sole run came on a third-inning sacrifice fly, and the San Diego starter also managed to deliver his own RBI single in the second inning. Stults owns a 4.53 ERA and 86:34 K:BB ratio in 135 innings. He's scheduled to face the Brewers Monday.
Hernandez (7-9) surrendered just three hits in six innings in each of his first two starts with the Dodgers, but he couldn't find that groove Wednesday, though all eight hits allowed were singles. He owns a 3.78 ERA and 87:61 K:BB ratio in 138 innings. Hernandez is scheduled to face the Diamondbacks Tuesday.
"We're going to assess and evaluate and see where we go," manager Rick Renteria said.
Jackson has turned in just two quality starts in his last nine outings, going 1-6 during that stretch and watching his ERA rise from 4.99 to 6.09.
"No one wants to be moved," Jackson said Wednesday. "The only thing you can do if you don't like it is go out there and pitch out of jams. I have to get back to having fun. Tonight was an example of absolutely not doing that. Just being uptight and battling yourself."
Contreras allowed two earned runs on two hits and two walks in two-thirds of an inning, but appeared to misstep on a pitch and was taken out. Manager Mike Matheny didn't give an update on the pitcher's status after the game.
Boesch was sent down so that the team could add a pitcher. With Garrett Richards expected to miss time, the club could promote a replacement. Boesch hit .129 over 31 at-bats.
The Cardinals entered the ninth inning up 7-0, but Rosenthal was called up with runners at second and third base and three runs already home. He retired the first batter he faced, issued a walk to load the bases and finished off the game with a ground ball to the shortstop. Rosenthal owns a 3.57 ERA and 74:35 K:BB ratio in 58 innings.
Perez missed Wednesday's game due to the issue. He complained of knee tightness Monday, but was able to play through the injury Tuesday. Despite the MRI, manager Ned Yost remains adamant that the injury is not serious.
Jose Veras picked up the save with Qualls sidelined. Manager Bo Porter said he expects Qualls to be available out of the bullpen Thursday.